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My husband and I both work full time and have every other Friday off. The dogs go to "school" (aka doggie daycare) twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays. So on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and work Fridays, they stay in the downstairs bedroom while we're out. I have a tall metal gate across the door, which has a top latch with a spring-tensioned sliding piece that prevents the latch from being lifted unless it the sliding piece is held back in place. Does that make sense? It's a safety feature to prevent the gate from opening accidentally or just with paws on the top.

Tuesday we got home from work, everything was normal. Dogs in their room, everything fine. We played with them for a while, fed them dinner and then Tuesday night we went out to the Rodeo, closing them back in their room with kongs and toys. Latched the gate as usual (I thought). Came home to find the gate open and the dogs waiting at the front door. :confused: Hmm. Maybe I didn't latch the gate properly? Though it is basically automatic.

Wednesday was a school day, so everything was normal.

Yesterday, I latched them in their room when I left for work in the morning after giving them food, water, toys and kongs as usual. Double-checked the latch and it was secured. Came home after work. Dogs at front door. Gate open. Latch up. I was the last one to leave and first one home. Umm? They wouldn't go upstairs, either, so I knew they'd had fun in our absense - but fortunately all they did was destroy one box of envelopes from the office and spread the pieces all over the house. Played with them, gave them supper, and then went to the ballet, latching them in their room. Came home... they were still in their room, gate securely closed. Are they playing games with us?

I'll be interested to see what happens today while we're at work. I might have to put a combination lock on the gate if they've really figured out how to operate the latch!

Anyone else have a Houdini?
 

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Not nearly as mysterious as your story, but we had to change all of our bedroom door handles from the lever style to the round knob type because Deacon would open the doors and steal the pillows from the beds.
 

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I think I'll have to set up a camera. They were out when I got home yesterday. This time they didn't get into any trouble, though!
 

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Maybe they are trying to tell you the are a good boy and girl and don't need to be latched in a room.

It will be interesting to know which one is opening it or is is a joint effort.
 

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very interesting..we too have the handle door knobs..and Kallie can open every one of them..from either side..so we have to lock them to keep her out!! I'd like to see a video of them opening the gate!!!
 

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Like Eric I have a dog that manages lever handles, suffolk latches and
pull handles.

I have to lock the front door behind me or he would have the lever handle down and follow me every time !

Unfortunately I also have a young athlete that can bound over my 3' perimeter fence ! He can only get into the neighbours garden - not the road, but small comfort !
 
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